A 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Alaska & Tsunami Threats Lingers!: On Tuesday night around 11:12 pm PST, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula.
Since the earthquake, several tsunami threats have been lingering, and the officials have asked the residents to stay safe.
Let us dive into the details of this unfortunate incident.
According to the US geological survey, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had a depth of 6 miles i-e 9.6 km and was centred 60 miles i-e 96 km south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska.
This earthquake was massive than the officials estimated. The quake has triggered some tsunami warnings for South Alaska, Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. Around two hours after the quake, it got called off.
The tsunami warning sirens could be heard blaring in several videos posted on social media as residents were evacuating.
Schools Opened For Evacuees
After the officials heeded for evacuation, a local school in Kodiak Island opened its doors for the evacuees. Moreover, another local Catholic school did the same.
Larry LeDoux, a superintendent of Kodiak School district, said:
“We have got a high school full of people. I’ve been passing out masks as the first siren sounded. Everything’s as calm as can be. We’ve got probably 300, 400 people all wearing masks.”
However, the other US and Canadian coastal regions are not under threat. According to USGS, since 1900, there were six other earthquakes of 7.0 magnitude, and higher within 250 km of Tuesday’s quake.
The Earthquake: Other Details
After the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center laid the threat off the other US coastal regions, things are normal there. Sorter said:
“There was actually even no reported wave activity for our area.”
Thankfully, there was no damage. The Kodiak officials reported:
“No reports of any damage. There were no injuries. Everything is nominal.”
It’s no secret that Alaska is an earthquake-prone zone, In 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Alaska-Aleutian trench. In 1938, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake happened.
Lastly, we hope that the residents and officials of the Alaska Peninsula are safe and taking precautions for any forthcoming occurrences.